New England Patriots

The New England Patriots lost their biggest pass-catching weapon in franchise history on Sunday, as tight end Rob Gronkowski officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.

A move that’s prompted some of the Patriots’ other GOATs, namely Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and No. 1 wide receiver Julian Edelman, to chime in with their thoughts on Gronkowski’s decision.

“What an honor and [privilege] to play with you these past nine years [Rob Gronkowski],” Brady wrote on his personal Instagram. “You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field! Your fun-loving, inspiring, and positive energy made an impact on everybody you came into contact with! Not just that, but for as great as a player you are, you are a better teammate and person.

“The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!! Love you pal!”

Edelman, meanwhile, took to Twitter to mention Gronkowski as the “other Greatest of All Time.”

Fittingly, the most successful offensive trifecta in New England history went out on top as Super Bowl LII champions.